A founding member of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, Daniel H. Glasser has negotiated and tried family law cases involving complex issues such as business valuation, tax and equitable distribution for more than two decades. Skilled at preparing difficult cases in short time spans, Dan is known for being a workout specialist on tough cases.
Dan focuses on cases that require business valuation and multiple experts. His accounting background enables him to read and interpret financial statements and tax returns easily. His ability to think on his feet and perform quick mental calculations gives him an edge in litigating complex cases. It also enables him to consult with clients early in the case and let them know what to expect, which path to follow and what goals they can expect to achieve. Dan has negotiated and litigated hundreds of custody matters and draws on that experience, as well as his personal experience raising his own children, to come to practical solutions in cases. He has briefed and argued numerous appeals in the state appellate courts. Dan also has experience as a business litigator and has dealt with a wide variety of issues in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals.
Dan has authored and co-authored various publications and seminar materials on domestic relations law (including tax aspects), ethics, evidence and tax law, and he has been a featured speaker at various seminars and continuing legal education programs including bar association seminars in Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Boston, Bermuda, Toronto, Tampa and Harrisburg.
Dan originally had plans to pursue a career in accounting but found he had a natural aptitude for law. He started working in civil litigation at Buchanan Ingersoll (now Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC) but took an opportunity to transfer into the family law group where he could use his accounting skills on complex cases. Dan also appreciated the high level of action in family law and the increased trial work and court time over his civil litigation work.
Dan admires his father for his approach to people and life, which was very genuine and no-nonsense, and his mother for her sweet disposition. Dan is an avid fan of all sports, whether he’s watching, listening or playing, and he is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He goes to every Steelers home game and spends most of his free time with his family, which includes two teenage boys and an extended family of more than 100.
Dan graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1990, where he was a member of the Law Review, the Student Bar Association board and president of his graduating class. Additionally, as a member of the school’s appellate advocacy team, he was a five-state regional champion and a national finalist. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University in 1987.
Dan is admitted to practice law in all Pennsylvania State courts and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
A panel of peers has consistently named Dan to the list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America publication has selected Dan every year since 2010.
Dan is an active member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County bar associations and has participated in the American Bar Association and the Matrimonial American Inn of Court. He has served on numerous committees through the ACBA and PBA including terms as a council member. He also co-chaired the ACBA Legislative and PBA Programs committees.
Dan frequently lectures on family law and business matters locally and nationally through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the PBA and the National Business Institute.
Dan centers much of his volunteerism and community involvement on his family’s activities and his home in Upper St. Clair. As his children progressed through various sports and activities, Dan volunteered for fundraising events, served as a football booster and a baseball coach for the Upper St. Clair Athletic Association. Dan also served as a leader, counselor and committee chair for the Boy Scouts of America and on various committees at his temple, the Temple Emanuel.
A firm advocate for pro bono services, Dan donates time as a protection from abuse attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Association and a pro se motions attorney through the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County. He has also served as a volunteer judge for Odyssey of the Mind, an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.
Face to Face
I love watching and playing most sports, but I am most devoted to the Steelers.
I am married to my wife of more than 22 years, Kathy, whom I met in law school. Kathy is a health care agent and assistant branch manager for the Pittsburgh branch of a national marketing company. In our spare time, we share our love of traveling, working out, books and movies with each other.
Kathy and I have two sons in college. Both my boys have inherited my love of sports and music and both play various instruments.